Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I'm Just Mild About Hillary




"Look around. Oil companies guzzle down billions in profits. Billionaires pay a lower tax rate than their secretaries, and Wall Street CEOs, the same ones that direct our economy and destroyed millions of jobs, still strut around  Congress, no shame, demanding favors and acting like we should thank them. Does anyone here have a problem with that?"   

Elizabeth Warren

To paraphrase the late George Carlin, I used to be a Democrat. Now I'm an American. You know, you grow!

You wanna know why I left that party over sixteen years ago? Here's why: The 2016 campaign is two years away, and yet, as of October 14 2014, the presumptive nominee is Hillary Clinton. Could it be that "the party of Franklin D. Roosevelt" can't come up with anything better than Hillary? Have they lost their imaginations? Or have they lost their minds? A reasonable argument could be made for either scenario.

Twit
I still can't forget the fact that - at a time when she could have shown a modicum of political courage - She voted to give the disgusting, half-witted little frat boy from Crawford, Texas the authority to invade the sovereign nation of Iraq minus the constitutionally mandated congressional approval. I'm sure most of you remember how nicely that worked out. She was looking down the road to a White House run. She just had to prove to us that she was as much of a warrior as any man. I have not much respect for Hillary Clinton, I'll be honest with you.

But I have to admit that the pickings are rather slim these days. Other than Hillary (and the president, of course) who is currently the most visible Democrat? Wall Street stooge, Chuck Shumer. With "progressives" like those two, who needs conservatives? Seriously!

Sherrod Brown
Sherrod Brown of Ohio is one of the very few Democrats out there who has not forgotten his party's progressive roots. He'd be an ideal standard bearer for the year 2016 - theoretically. Senator Brown's problem is that he comes off a bit rough-around-the-edges in this stupid, televisual age that we're trapped in. He's suits are definitely not custom made, he probably pays less than ten dollars for his haircuts, he sometimes looks like a guy with a hangover, and he has a voice like sandpaper on gravel. The fact that he's a brilliant and decent man is beside the point. "Telegenics" is all that matters these days. Had the Lincoln-Douglas debates been broadcast in 1860, Abraham Lincoln would today be an obscure footnote in the history books.

And besides, Sherrod is no fool. He more-than-likely knows what he's up against and is probably content to stay where he is. He reminds me, in a way, of the late senator from Illinois, Paul Simon. He was the most impressive person to seek the Democratic nomination in my lifetime. He never had a chance. He just didn't look good on television. That hideous little box is going to be the death of us.

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders of Vermont seems to be thinking about running next time around. Since he is an independent I would be eligible to vote for him in a primary (In New York you can only vote in the primary of the party you're registered with). I will have no problem whatsoever casting my lot with Bernie. I believe he is one of the giants of the senate. I'm talkin' Henry Clay proportions here! But again, like Sherrod Brown, he will have the television thing going against him. And the fact that he is a liberal Jew won't do him much good in the shit-for-brains states of this doomed republic. I won't list them by name here; you know which ones I'm talking about. 

Look away, Dixieland.

That leaves us with Senator Elizabeth Warren. She has some overwhelming odds to overcome to be sure. The very term "Massachusetts Liberal" is enough to give a lot of people the dry heaves. But the prospect of a Warren administration commencing on January 20, 2017 is about as nonsensical as it was for an African American senator from Chicago seven years ago. And she's a liberal: An unapologetic, left-of-center, in-your-face, meat-and-potatoes, dyed-in-the-wool - freakin' L.I.B.E.R.A.L., baby! 

 She says she is not going to run for the presidency in 2016 and I haven't any doubt that she's being sincere. No one can accuse Elizabeth Warren of being insincere. Oh, but what a campaign that would be. More than a campaign, that would be a cause. I know it's never gonna happen, but I can dream, can't I?

Maybe Ms. Clinton will surprise me. Maybe not. Whatever happens, the next president will be a Democrat, you can count on it. The last time one Democratic administration succeeded another one on Inauguration day was in 1857 - it hasn't happened since. Since the GOP has become a psychological basket case, that's a fairly easy prediction to make.

I know I'll end up voting for Hillary two years from now. If she's not my ideal I'm at least comforted by the knowledge that she's much better than anything the Republicans will puke up - that's a foregone conclusion. Just remember this: When you see me exiting the polling place on Election Day 2016, I'll be holding my nose.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

SUGGESTED VIEWING:

Eighty-nine years ago yesterday, Leonard Alfred Schneider was born in what was then rural Mineola, New York. He became Lenny Bruce when he grew up. Here's Lenny's national television debut from April 1959 - a riotous appearance on NBC's Steve Allen Show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCplnUga0hU

He's on some other shore
He didn't wanna live anymore

Bob Dylan 

Lenny would have made such a cool old man. It's just so sad.

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AFTERTHOUGHT, 10/15/14. 4:37 AM:

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

Why is Bernie Madoff the only Wall Street crook to go to prison?

ANSWER OF THE DAY:

Because he stole from the One Percent - not the Ninety-Nine Percent.

Are you one/tenth as pissed off as I am?

49 Comments:

At 6:54 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I feel the same way.
I'd love to see Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren or Sherrod Brown as the Democratic nominee in 2016, but with the idiot corporate media in this country on ubiquitous right wing propaganda mode, it might just be that HRC will turn out to be the person for whom I get to vote.

I've even forgiven Our Joe for the Clarence Thomas hearings (still have not been able to forget, though).

As you've suggested--the worst Democrat is still 100 times better than the best Republican.

 
At 8:36 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

My only fear is that Bernie Sanders is too old. Look what the job of POTUS does to young men like Obama and Bush II. It was my greatest fear about John McCain, given that Klondike Barbie was waiting in the wings.

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Unless the candidate is a corporatist, the powers-that-be will make sure that he or she isn't the nominee.

It'll be the same dog-and-pony show. Same policies, different day.

 
At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corportist eh? Watch who you hop into-bed-with to solve that one.... Ha Ha. Guess what's the world's largest corporation? And a monopoly corporation? Hint: Has fought more wars...hint WMD...hint trail of tears...hint enslaved the black man under its laws, courts, police only to set him free in "johnny come lately fashion",,,,hint Japanese internment...hint CIA experiments. Yep, ALL government in the US DESCRIBES ITSELF as 'body politic and corporate". EVERY LAST ONE! Even the HOPE of the progressive's with the NATIONALISTIC federal monopoly ...all described as corporate. Lest you think any politician of the monopoly corporation will save you via its courts or politicians, I remind you that most are attorneys and attorneys are defacto officers of the court, hence the corporate monopoly government officers. [They take an oath to the monopoly] oh...you seek remedy eh? Well... Google "Sovereign Immunity" and discover how the monopoly corporation treats "the little guy" body politic. Lest you think the monopoly corporation will ding much the other corporations you complain about, I remind you that they license mini corporations like BP granting a certain IMMUNITY for corp officers, all in exchange for "a few pieces of silver" [aka taxes]. Can you say MINI-ME's of the world's largest corporation FEEDING same taxes? Starting to get the picture? You think Warren will change ANY of that? She needs that EXACT same monopoly nationalistic power. In the end this adage will be for any supporter..."First they came for the ____ and I cheered....then the ____...lastly they came for me..."

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Apart from a handful of social issues, Wall Street's pet Neocon Hillary is ideologically closer to Reagan than to the Democratic Party of the mid to late 20th Century.

I would need a barf bag to vote for her.

 
At 5:51 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Reagan is closer to the Democrats than he is to any of todays teabagger Republicans.

I see anonymous is back with another inane rant.

 
At 6:00 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

I hate to break it to you Mozart but you are not the sharpest pencil in the box.

If not for your "who are" comments you would have nothing to say. Harley is vastly more interesting to read than you, even if he is not a Liberal.

 
At 7:40 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

Some asshole just posted what I said to Mozart and used my name.

I rather vote for Charles Manson than Hillery, she is not much better than Chaney.

 
At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Harry said...

To all you Utopian "everybody should have an equal slice of pizza" progressives:

Free people can never be equal, and equal people can never be free.

Dave could we please have a rant about how the GOP hates women, clean air, clean water, and schools? Don't forget the Koch Brothers.

Lets thank Obama for he is destroying the belief that big Centrally planned government is the solution to "progress".

He is 180 degrees opposite of the Fundamental idea of Federalism which our Founders create to distribute power amongst the state and not have a central planning monarchy with too much control.

King Obama is so stubborn and obstinate. Lets hope he keeps showing what an ignorant asshole he is by refusing to ban flights from the ebola infested countries and refusing to tighten the border.

After next month's elections, the Democrats will be walking like Fred Sanford.

I agree James H that Mozart is about as sharp as a bowling ball.

 
At 8:42 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Anonymous ( alias Harry and James) is having trouble coming up with original thoughts again.

 
At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Based on the actions taken by the Democratic Party regarding electoral campaign funding as of 10/14/14, it looks to me like they just threw in the towel. The GOP is celebrating tonight!

I worry now that the GOP will gain control of the Senate, and expect Enabling Acts to ensure that no more elections are ever held.

So much for that Hillary bandwagon!

 
At 12:07 AM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

Some asshole just posted what I said to Mozart and used my name.

And the problem is?

 
At 1:21 AM, Anonymous James Threadgill said...

Hillary is better than any wing nut. We cannot have the choices we want, but we can choose wisely from the ones available.

 
At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Americans get all worked up about a "new" face in politics. We go from one political messiah to another. They all seem to be a disappointment. I wonder why?

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

They all seem to be a disappointment. I wonder why?

Maybe this is why.

They won, we lost: How corruption became America’s national pastime

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/11/they_won_we_lost_how_corruption_became_americas_national_pastime/

 
At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to break it to you Mozart but you are not the sharpest pencil in the box.

 
At 7:45 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

James Threadgills,

First of all, I am the real James Hansen.

Ever since Hillary fell and hit her head her eyes look cross-eyed. I think its time to send her to a senior convalescent home.

This was about the time that she and King Obama stuck their heads in the sand when Ambassador Christopher Stevens was begging for help in Benghazi and Hillary and King Obama ignored his pleas. Hillary and King Obama made up a bullshit story about a video, that everybody knows was just another lie from this incompetent jayvee administration. Hope and Change, yeah LOL.

I don't think the country could handle William "Slick Willie" Clinton in the White House again. Maybe there shouldn't be any female interns in the White House for Slick Willie to abuse with cigars. Just Say'n.

I just enjoyed watching Chris "theres a tingle up my leg when Obama speaks" Matthews covering the Ebola outbreak. It was good to see that he knows AmeriKans don't have any faith in the big bullshitter in charge in the White House.

I'm afraid we progressives are going to get wiped out in next month's election.

 
At 10:10 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

I think it is ludicrous for Conservatives to harp on Benghazi when it is clear that 9/11 was orchestrated by the Republicans in power at the time.
That is what happens when you give total control to the Republicans, a false flag attack against the country for power and profit.

 
At 11:17 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

I think it is ludicrous for Conservatives to harp on Benghazi when it is clear that 9/11 was orchestrated by the Republicans in power at the time.
That is what happens when you give total control to the Republicans, a false flag attack against the country for power and profit.

I also think FDR forced Japan to attack Pearl Harbor by threatening to cut off their supply of the oil they needed for their war against China. I think it was all orchestrated by the Democrat's in power at that time to jump start the US economy and to make the world in debt to the imperialist capitalist corporatist Americans.

I had proof for all the above but a black helicopter took (NSA?) it away one dark and dreary moon less night in January. So you're going have to take my word for it. Trust me, I believe Ebola can not be caught by sitting next to someone sick with Ebola on a bus.

 
At 12:13 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Once again anonymous shows he's never had an original thought.

The irony in his statement knocks me out.

 
At 6:54 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

It looks like I have a parasitic conservative alter ego here, it has to use my thoughts to come up with any sort of post at all.

In a game of follow the leader there is only one leader and I am it.

To all my followers, bow down to me!

 
At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Earl Degan said...

I'm willing to bet keeping up with the news is George W. Bush's favorite pastime.

Every day brings another vindication. Iraq, Afghanistan, Gitmo, rendition, the state secrets doctrine, signing statements, and so on.

It turns out, the new boss is barely distinguishable from the old boss.

Remember all the things Democrats were saying about FEMA's performance after Hurricane Katrina? Paul Krugman repeated offered the laughable analysis that things like that could not happen under a Democratic president because they believe in the power of government ("Yes we can!").

Meanwhile, back here on planet Earth, Pres. Obama has been in charge of the CDC for nearly 6 years. Heck of a job.

 
At 8:09 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Earl Degan,are you REALLY that stupid, or are you trolling?

Obama is not "in charge" of the CDC, and is in NO WAY responsible for the ineptitude of a Dallas hospital staff.

Bush hired a crony to run FEMA who's last job was organiziong horse shows (he was fired for being unable to perform his duties, go figure)

Your feeble attempts to saddle Obama down with a "scandal" that would somehow vindicate Bush are laughable at best. At worst, they are psychotic.

Benghazi is NOT 9-11

The Ebola "scare" is NOT Katrina.

In fact the ONLY place Ebola is an emergency of any kind is in the media.

Maybe if the GOP had given Obama the 80 million he asked for instead of the 35 million he got to fight Ebola in Africa, we wouldn't be having this conversation, but then had the GOP allowed additional funding for added security for embassies in the Middle east we probably wouldn't be talking about Benghazi either.

 
At 10:49 PM, Anonymous Harry said...

Mozart,

How come none of the Democrats running for reelection next month are talking about ObamaCare?

How come none of the Democrats running for reelection next month won't be seen together with Obama? Is it racism?

How come the Democrat running for Senator, Michelle Nunn, won't say if she voted for Obama?

Why Mozart?

 
At 11:12 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

I hate to break it to you Mozart but you are not the sharpest pencil in the box.

 
At 11:27 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

Actually Mozart's 8.09 post was pretty good, better than any Conservative posting here.

There is nothing wrong with the name stealing asshole which could not be cured by a strong man with an axe handle in half an hour.

 
At 11:53 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

Just giving credit where credit is due, James.


James Hansen said...

I hate to break it to you Mozart but you are not the sharpest pencil in the box.

 
At 12:56 AM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

Tom, have you noticed this site now basically useless because of the conservative trolls here?

They fucked up the country and they are fucking up The Rant also.

 
At 1:33 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Harry, you'd have to ask them. Why wasn't Bush invited to the 2008 GOP convention?

Why do hot dogs come in packs of ten but the buns come in packs of eight?

Why isn't "phonetic" spelled phonetically?


Why do you ask such stupid questions that have no relevence to any conversation?

 
At 1:34 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Tom, I think you need some kind of system that prohibits people from using more than one screen name.

 
At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Maj.Major said...

Harper’s Magazine urging readers, “Stop Hillary! Vote No to a Clinton Dynasty.”
Tom's ahead of the "just say no to Hillary tsunami".

 
At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Tom, I think you need some kind of system that prohibits people from using more than one screen name."

Mozart you are not the sharpest tool in the shed.

it ain't no secret that Tom posts under multiple names. But its his blog and his rules. At least there is free speech unlike that "old fashioned AmeriKan's" blog Dave Dubya's Rants.

"There is nothing wrong with the name stealing asshole which could not be cured by a strong man with an axe handle in half an hour."

That sounds like hate speech to me. It also sounds like you are not a strong man.

 
At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Chalky White said...

When 92% of white Americans vote for one party for better than 40 consecutive years, I'll be ready to admit there is a racism problem among whites in this nation.

Racism does exist, I have no doubt, but it is not nearly as prevalent as those on the left continuously claim.

When black Americans begin to conscientiously vote based on firmly held principals espoused by the left or the right in relatively equal numbers (as white Americans do), we will have rid ourselves of the most grievous racism that exists today. We will also have rid ourselves of today's slave plantation run by the Democrats.

 
At 11:46 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

The benefit of allowing anonymous trolls is to let them expose their dishonesty, ignorance and hate for the rest of the rational world to see.

When black Americans begin to conscientiously vote based on firmly held principals espoused by the left or the right in relatively equal numbers (as white Americans do), we will have rid ourselves of the most grievous racism that exists today.

I bet that line gets applause every time at Chuckie's Klan meetings. No racism there. Nosireee. Only blacks and liberals are racists in their extremist ideology of hate.

And this is a great example of a "principle" held by the far Right.

Their only real principle is greed.

Almost everything they advocate is to the economic advantage of the wealthy elites over the best interests of the nation and our people.

Chuckie whines that I don't tolerate dishonest identity deception. He can, and still, posts at my blog under any one of his multiple registered ID's.

He is a liar. We all know that. Even Harley has given up trying to support his hate and lies. Remember when Chuckie agreed with Harley and refused to admit it after I also agreed? LOL! That is what a Republican "principle" looks like.

Telling lies about others is not free speech. It is hate speech. It is deliberate sabotage of reasonable discussion and fair dialogue. It is the way of the radical Right.

I do not tolerate that, just like I don't tolerate Chuckie's open racism.

His is the hate that fuels fascism.


 
At 12:11 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

Dave, are they poorly informed, dishonest or delusional? Maybe all three?

Only a Conservative could complain about the black population not voting Republican while at the same time they are doing everything possible to stop them from voting.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/18/ruth-bader-ginsburg-voter-id-dissent_n_6007612.html

 
At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Confused Progressive said...

If money in politics is bad, why does our President, who faces no more elections, spend more time fund-raising than rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse... or leading in the job he holds for a change?

 
At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Just Say'n said...

If people are so naive and foolish as to vote on the basis of crude and vicious political soundbites, then 'the people' are not without fault. (well, maybe just politically "challenged")

For all its cracked up to be, money doesn't vote, people do.

 
At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"WE all know that"

The Imperial "We" is back in action.

Go Royals!!

 
At 4:29 PM, Anonymous Maj. Major said...

Another reason to not be excited about HRC running in 2016, her supporters are crazy dirt bags.


An elderly man calling himself a progressive socialist accosted a group of about two dozen conservative students who were protesting outside a building where former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was speaking. He then said he had Ebola and tried to lick the students.

 
At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Attention NY residents

JFK Airport has openings for Ebola screeners at $19 an hour.

Tom, is there a limit on how long you can collect social security disability payments?

 
At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Major,

Can you provide more details?

Did the elderly progressive socialist who claimed he had ebola and tried to lick the students drive away in an Impeach Bush van after the incident?

 
At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Harry said...

http://dailycaller.com/2014/10/19/man-claiming-to-have-ebola-tries-to-lick-conservative-protesters-outside-hillary-rally-video/

An elderly man calling himself a progressive socialist accosted a group of about two dozen conservative students who were protesting outside a building where former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was speaking. He then said he had Ebola and tried to lick the students.

The strange episode happened on Thursday at Oakland University, a public school in the endless suburbs of Detroit, Mich.

The action in the rather long (and basically awful) video below starts at around the 2:30 mark when Mitchell, 63, can be heard saying, “I just came from Texas. I have Ebola and now I’m going to give it to you.”

Protesters say Mitchell then licked his hand and attempted to wipe spittle on them. ”Without a public health system, we are going to have the spread of Ebola,” Mitchell also said. “Libertarians don’t want a public health system, so you’re a fascist.”



Major, I thought you made up this story. This man sounds a lot like Dave Dubya.

 
At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Joe said...

Harry,

Liberals are the most hate-filled people in the world. They prove it repeatedly on a daily basis.

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Yeah Joe, don't yu hate those hate filled liberals on Fox news and AM radio?

"Ahh Mozart, Mitch McConnell is in the Senate, not the Congress."

---- Anonymous

 
At 8:21 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

I hate to break it to you Mozart but you are not the sharpest pencil in the box.

 
At 10:30 PM, Blogger MJB said...

Should he decide to run, I will be voting for Dr. Ben Carson.

 
At 1:45 AM, Anonymous Maj. Major said...

“… a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany … and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama” – Barack Obama Lebanon, New Hampshire.
January 7, 2008.

What a load of crap! Never will understand why the dem's want early or mail in voting. Is it because their voters can't get off from work to vote? That's not likely as the highest percentage of the unemployed are Obama supporters. What is the real reason for dem's demanding exceptions to the law when it comes to voting?

 
At 2:18 AM, Anonymous Analnonymous said...

Imma votin fet Bush 3: The Final Chapter, for this country that is. I mean Bush 2: The Dumbening wrecked the deficit, the economy, our foreign policy, education, and tried to dismantle Social Security. I mean maybe Jeb will save like 5 brain dead white women who wanted to die and let 3 cities worth of black people drown. Up that anti!

 
At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NIH Chief: Obama’s Ebola Czar Doesn’t Need Any Medical Experience…

 

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